The PAL-V Liberty is fitted with drive shafts in between the gearbox and the rear wheels. The main function of these drive shafts is to transfer torque from the engine via the gearbox to the wheels during driving. The drive shafts must also be able to change length during bumps, landing and conversion. This length change also changes the angle between the ingoing yoke, intermediate shaft and outgoing yoke. This ranges from practically 0 during driving to 45 degrees during landing. During landing, the drive shafts have to rapidly spin up, leading to high loads. The current drive shaft fulfills the required functions, but is quite heavy. Weight is a crucial factor in the design of any aircraft, therefore PAL-V is looking for a student to investigate and design lightweight drive shafts, preferably with a Drive/Fly automatic decoupling system. When successful, the design will be implemented in the production model of the PAL-V Liberty.

The project will start with a study on the currently used drive shafts, to understand the challenges. After study, a concept will have to be generated for a lightweight equivalent, assisted by the PAL-V review team, that will go into detailed design after concept selection. Detailed design consists of making CAD drawings in SolidWorks, simulations, calculations and production drawings. The final stage of the project is ordering and testing of the new concept.

The student will be part of the Landing Gear team and participate in all team meetings. Support for the student will come mainly from the Landing Gear Team Lead, but the student can ask help from any PAL-V specialist. It is expected of the student to technically address this project, and also properly manage it.

Our perfect candidate

  • You study BSc or MSc mechanical engineering or automotive engineering.
  • You are in the fourth year of your studies and are looking for a graduation assignment.
  • You have affinity with the aviation industry and/or innovation
  • You feel at home in an international, growing and entrepreneurial organisation.

Our offer for you

What sets the standard:

  • An excellent internship allowance.
  • Commute and homework allowance.
  • Good internship supervision by an experienced colleague.
  • We are easily accessible by car and there is bus stop about 10 minutes’ walk away.

To keep you healthy:

  • Flexible hours.
  • Fresh fruit in the office.
  • Vitality platform through which you can get in touch with other colleagues who practice the same hobbies or just to discover new hobbies together.

Because it’s fun:

  • We have new interns in almost every department every period, so you can connect with other students.
  • Team activities, we have a party committee!
  • You may have the opportunity to continue working after your internship.

Apply now!


The application process

1. Send an email and a motivational letter specific for our organisation to mynewjob@pal-v.com. Please also let us know when your internship period starts, when it ends and how many hours you are available per week.

Note: If you are an international student we would like to ask you to use Pathfinder. In it you will find all practical information for international students who want to study, do an internship or stay in the Netherlands after their studies.

2. You receive a direct confirmation of your application.

Note: this could be in your SPAM folder.

3. Within 10 workdays, you will receive a personal reaction on your application. This can be an invitation to the next rounds or rejection based on your experience or company requirements.

4. PAL-V has a max of 2 meeting rounds in the procedure, during you would speak to the HRM advisor and Teamlead Landing Gear.